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Silverthorne’s Got Heart: A Look Back at 3 Local Heroes

Published April 6, 2020

During an unprecedented time filled with so much uncertainty, one thing is for sure: Silverthorne’s got heart. There are heartwarming stories about businesses, nonprofits and people helping people in extraordinary ways – from FIRC’s 1,997 meals served weekly to the hundreds of donors who have stepped up to support the Summit Foundation community cares fund, our community is brimming with generosity. 

But this neighborly love isn’t anything new to Silverthorne. Let’s take a look back at the stories of three local heroes we shared last year.

Jim Buckler with wife and fish

#1 Jim Buckler helps veterans through Project Healing Waters

There’s something in the water. Or maybe it’s the fresh air, the tranquility and the simple art of conversation.

Whatever the source, veterans young and old, from all branches of the U.S. military, have had transformative experiences of engagement, reflection and healing after participating in Project Healing Waters, a national fly fishing program that serves disabled military service personnel and veterans

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kids and adults volunteering at Blue River Horse Center

#2 John Longhill gives his heart to horses and the community 

Over the past 35 years, John Longhill estimates that he has worked with 15,000 kids through his horse programs, starting in Georgia before moving to Colorado and opening the Blue River Horse Center. Serving as executive director since 2008, John works hard helping horses, children and adults.   

Located just north of the town of Silverthorne, the Blue River Horse Center has a twofold purpose: to help decrease the number of unwanted horses in Colorado and to provide an educational experience for youth and adults.

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Bob Lau fishing

#3 Bob Lau readies North Pond for skating season

You might know Bob Lau as a top-notch financial advisor with his own financial services business (Summit Wealth Advisors). Or you might know him from his coaching days at the Silverthorne Elementary where he coached both of his kids, Abbey and Jake in various sports. Perhaps you know him from his days as a guide for Copper Mountain’s Over the Hill Gang. Or maybe you’ve seen Bob enjoying breakfast at Mountain Lyon Cafe or grabbing a bottle of something tasty from Chris at Locals Liquors.

Any way you slice it, if you know Bob, you know that this native Wisconsinite (who has called Silverthorne home since 1992) is passionate about ice skating. And for a year or so, the folks in Silverthorne have been reaping the benefits of this love affair.

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Stay tuned for more inspiring Silverthorne’s Got Heart stories about how our community members are stepping up to help others in a time of need.